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A diagram of dental implant at Periodontal Associates. Dental implants are a highly effective solution for lost teeth. Crowns mimic natural teeth in their form and function and titanium posts bond with and stimulate your jaw bone, allowing the Dental Implants to act just like a natural tooth would.

Unfortunately, implants can occasionally fail, and if this happens we will need you to come in so we can repair or replace them.

The Structure of an Implant

Most dental implants are made of a titanium post that is embedded in the jaw bone, a ceramic crown that acts as a replacement tooth and an abutment that connects the post and the crown. If one of these parts loosens or breaks, all three can become compromised.

Titanium is usually chosen for implants because it bonds with the jaw bone in a process known as osseointegration. If this process doesn't occur properly then you'll end up with an implant that isn't firmly in place. This will lead to problems later on.

Signs that an Implant May Fail

If the bone doesn't grow around the implant in the right way, mobility is often the primary signal that the implant may fail. This mobility is often very slight at first and usually only a dentist can see it, but as time goes on an implant that hasn't integrated properly can shift when you chew or speak. Implants that have failed completely with frequently.

Other warnings signs of impending failure include pain, inflammation, and infection, but these do not always occur. If Dr. Eshraghi notices that your implant is moving, he may conduct an x-ray to make sure the bone is growing. If the implant is failing, the x-ray may reveal considerable bone loss around the metal area.

Repair and Replacement

In cases where the implant crown becomes cracked or detached, it is an easy matter for us to attach a new, or make any other repairs if necessary. However, if the damage to the implant is too severe, we will need to remove and replace it.

It is easy for us to remove a failed dental implant, but we will need to use a local anesthetic for this procedure. Once the implant is removed Dr. Eshraghi will carefully clean the area. Then we can begin the process of inserting a new implant, making careful note of what went wrong the first time. If there is enough healthy bone in the same area, we won't need a bone graft.

However, in cases of significant bone loss, we may need to place a bone graft to improve the site of the removed implant before placing a new one. Once the bone graft is complete, your mouth may need several months to heal before we can put in a new implant. During the healing period, Dr. Eshraghi may ask you to quit smoking, postpone cancer treatment or make other lifestyle adjustments that will reduce the risk of the next implant failing as well.

Always remember to take good care of your implants by brushing and flossing daily. Also take care to eat a balanced diet and abstain from using your teeth as tools, as this can chip them. If you experience any problems with your Dental Implants, contact us right away.

If you have any other questions or concerns, please give us a call at (971) 317-8414.
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Why Are My Gums Growing Over My Teeth?

Posted on 2/2/2024 by Weo Admin
a close up of healthy gums and pearly teethGingival overgrowth or hyperplasia is a condition in which the gums grow beyond where they should be and surround the teeth. It can appear unsightly as well as be quite painful. Getting the right treatment will be important once you know what is causing this condition.

Medication-Related Gum Overgrowth

Many drugs, such as anti-epileptic ones, including phenytoin and immune system suppressants like cyclosporine cells, have gum tissue growth as a side effect. Taking any of these drugs would only worsen the problem.

Overgrowth of Inflammatory Gingival Disease

Gum inflammation and swelling are often caused by plaque that builds up due to poor dental care. Swollen gums may look bulging and about to cover the teeth.

General Health Issues

Gum overgrowth and inflammation are more common with hormonal changes like menopause, pregnancy, and adolescence. Excessive growth of gum tissue is a symptom of some systemic diseases, such as leukemia and other blood-related disorders. Typically, blood work can be done as a part of discovering whether hormones are the culprit.

The Shortcomings

Gum edema and excessive development can be caused by deficiencies, especially a lack of vitamin C (scurvy). Gum overgrowth can, in extremely rare instances, run in families.

Please See Your Dentist

Consulting a dental expert is crucial. A dentist can determine the root of the problem and suggest solutions. Gingival overgrowth caused by plaque can be reduced by regular brushing, flossing, and expert dental cleanings.

Evaluation of Medications

Your dentist may consult with your doctor to change your medication regimen if they determine medications are the likely cause. It is critical to address any dietary deficiencies or systemic health concerns. When the problem is serious, surgical procedures to remove the extra gum tissue may be required.

Gingival overgrowth condition requires quick attention because it might cause other dental problems like periodontal diseases and tooth decay. This condition can be effectively managed, and good dental health can be maintained with early intervention and appropriate therapy from our qualified dentist.

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